Weekly Feature Archives

The Call

Posted May 13, 2015

Lately I've been missing the quiet wilderness of Argentina and have been feeling the pull to return to the simplicity of those windy peaks on the edge of the Southern Hemisphere. In 2002 I visited the smoking mountains of El Chalten and entered into perhaps the most powerful flow state I've ever experienced. The Call describes this vague process. I don't understand it any better today than I did back then, but every moment I'm pursuing my arts is an attempt to further the deepness of these elevated states.— Dean S. Potter

Never Ending

Posted May 7, 2015

Last week, we published a NewsWire by Jens Holsten on the 1,250-foot alpine route he and Vern Nelson Jr. established in the Cascade Mountains in memory of alpinist Chad Kellogg. As a follow-up, Holsten agreed to republish his story Never Ending from Alpinist 47 on his travels with Kellogg in the Cascades and their last climb together in Patagonia.

First All-Female Ascent of Cerro Torre via the Ragni Route

Posted April 25, 2015

On February 21, 2015, Caroline (Caro) North and Christina Huber (AU) reached the summit of 10,262-foot Cerro Torre via the Ragni Route (M4 90 degrees, 600m), marking the first all-female team ascent, done free and unsupported, of the Patagonian tower.

American Horror Story: A Climber's Obsession

Posted April 23, 2015

I first noticed the line, at the Sabbatical Wall in Indian Creek, Utah, last spring. I was mesmerized by its 150-foot wildly overhanging dihedral system composed of multiple offwidth roofs, all set on alluring red-brown Wingate 200 feet off the ground.

Profile: Ken Yager, Winner of the David R. Brower Conservation Award

Posted April 20, 2015

It was love at first sight when Ken Yager met Yosemite Valley for the first time in 1972. Living in Davis, California, 13-year-old Yager and his parents drove five hours east in the family car to Yosemite. The first thing he wanted to see in the Valley was El Capitan, a 3,000-foot-high granite monolith that loomed above the valley floor.

Craig Muderlak: Coloring Outside the Lines

Posted April 16, 2015

"The adventure for the race was unknown, and it could have been over my head," Craig Muderlak says. "With most of my illustrations, I don't know how they'll turn out and I have no guarantee of a good outcome."

Matt Van Biene: Chalten Portraits (Chapter 2)

Posted April 3, 2015

A few weeks ago, we published Matt Van Biene's black-and-white portraits of climbers in El Chalten, Argentine Patagonia. This week we bring you chapter 2 of Biene's project—this time with continuous scrolling—with his remaining images.

Lion in Winter: Mt. Temple's North Face

Posted March 30, 2015

They call the Canadian Rockies' Mt. Temple the Eiger of North America. Both peaks offer sheer north faces with steep imposing headwalls that soar 1500 meters above the valleys below, both feature compact limestone, both are regularly subject to tempestuous weather that can appear out of seemingly calm skies. Perhaps most importantly, both are steeped in mystery, lore and ominous histories.

Matt Van Biene: Chalten Portraits

Posted March 18, 2015

Recently, while browsing through Instagram, I noticed about a half dozen images by Matt Van Biene—climber portraits taken in El Chalten, Argentine Patagonia. The black-and-white portraits, shot very close to the climbers, caught my eye. I sent him a quick message stating that we were interested in showcasing his work on alpinist.com.

John Price: Canadian Rockies Ice

Posted March 6, 2015

Photographer John Price has been climbing for the past six years and shooting photos for the past three."I've been lucky to have photographic mentors in the Rockies," he tells us.

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